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Does this STRESS make me look fat?

Posted by Jeremy Paris on March 13, 2009

Told ya it was from pass the donuts

Told ya it was from pass the donuts

Yes…it’s not the DRESS that is making you look fat…it’s the STRESS!

Research shows that your body does not distinguish between the stress of running from a bear or from trying to meet your boss’s unreasonable deadlines. To your body it’s ALL stress. To help you escape from that bear, your body will increase your heart rate, lower your sensitivity to pain, and increase the amount of Cortisol secreted by the adrenal glands. Cortisol, also known as “the stress hormone”, increases the flow of glucose, fat, and protein into your bloodstream to help with your fight or flight situation.

So Cortisol is good…if you are running from a bear. But if you are sitting in a cubicle all day, then this chronic stress can lead to fat around the abdomen. And this isn’t the ordinary “under the skin” fat. This is Visceral fat, which is the bad stuff that lead to heart attacks and strokes. This is why people have been saying “stress kills”.

Here’s the good news: Stress isn’t bad in spurts. It’s constant stress that’s the killer. So break up your stressful day by exercising. Get some resistance bands, like the ones in the upper right corner of this screen, and pull them out of your briefcase when you feel the stress mounting. After a couple quick sets you will feel the stress start melting away. If the boss man starts giving you flack about working out in your cubicle, take it outside! No, you Neanderthal, I didn’t mean punch him in the nose…go outside for a “smoke break”. If that loud mouth down the hall can take ten 7 minute smoke breaks a day I’m sure you can get away with one or two.

Don’t worry about your co-workers seeing you. Just send them to my blog and don’t be surprised if they aren’t out there joining you for a mini 7-minute workout session.

6 Responses to “Does this STRESS make me look fat?”

  1. George said

    What are the best exersises to get rid of the “spare Tire”?

    • parisj13 said

      I was going to answer that in a comment…but I think I will make it my next blog post instead. Keep an eye out for it!

  2. I’d like to see more info on Cortisol. I am really surprised about the elastic bands results. Guess I need to dig through the drawer to find them again. How about some good exercises to use with the bands.

  3. larisacox said

    Hey, Paris!
    How do I subscribe to your blog?

    • parisj13 said

      Thanks for pointing this out. You are the second person to inform me that there wasn’t a way to subscribe.

      So….now there is!!!!! Left side of the screen has RSS buttons. Enjoy.

  4. larisacox said

    Cool post.
    I have heard about cortisol before.
    Exercise also helps me get rid of stress, and yoga as well, or breathing exercises, and taking nothing seriously of course.

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